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Going into the NHL trade deadline, the Edmonton Oilers will have decide if they are buyers or sellers. The obvious marker for the team will be the position in the standings. If they are in reach they might add a piece or two to aid a playoff run. If they are too far back the for sale sign goes out.
Steve Tambellini will have to resist the urge to make large changes to the team and create more roster turnover than is needed. Moving too many veterans could send the wrong signals to potential free agents
Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said Sunday he’s got a much better handle on his team than at the start of the NHL season, but he’s not done evaluating.
In other words, those impatient for changes to the Jets’ lineup will likely have to wait a while longer.
“We’re in the same situation as many teams,” Cheveldayoff said after 41 games have yielded a record of 20-16-5 for his team. “We’re always looking to see what’s available out there.
What are the chances the Edmonton Oilers could trade Sam Gagner and Nikolai Khabibulin to the Chicago Blackhawks because they need a second-line centre and a goalie? Maybe we could get Mark McNeill and Brandan Saad or Kyle Beach for second-line help.
Steve Tambellini is actively shopping for defencemen (join the club), and there is an outside chance they may just have to eventually shut Ryan Whitney down for the season. His foot woes have limited his play this year, and he is still out of the lineup. The Oilers have won eight of their last 29 games in what is quickly becoming another lost season. When you see the heart and sacrifice exhibited by Taylor Hall and several of the youngsters on the Oilers, it’s clear Ales Hemsky’s time there is coming to an end. Last week, the oft-injured second-line winger flamingo’d on a shot that got through for a goal and later gave up on a race to try erasing icing in the final minute of a win in Chicago. Not popular moves.
Brian Burke has made big deals in January. For example, Dion Phaneuf was acquired on Jan. 31, 2010, and Joffrey Lupul and Jake Gardiner were acquired Feb. 9 last season, three weeks before the trade deadline.
Burke likes to get a jumpstart on the competition.
“I do try to get my lineup set well in advance of the deadline,” Burke told ESPN.com Friday. “I’ve never been a deadline guy. So January is when I try to make a splash.”
How’s it going on that front now?
The NHL trade deadline isn’t until Feb. 27, but the Sharks played their role in kicking off the unofficial start to trade-speculation season this week.
On hand to watch his team lose 3-1 to San Jose in Anaheim on Wednesday, Ducks general manager Bob Murray – justifiably angry with what that day became a 10-22-6 record – told Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times that only two players on his team aren’t on the market.
No, not those two.
Bryan Allen at least has some control over his situation. He had to waive his no-trade clause to come to the Carolina Hurricanes at the trade deadline in 2011 and he’ll have to waive it again if the Hurricanes try to trade him at the trade deadline in 2012.
Still, Allen knows, with each passing loss, that it becomes more likely he’ll be asked.
But before, not after, the Ducks loss to San Jose on Wednesday night, a frustrated Murray appeared to make it clear in an interview with Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times that not only Ryan, but also Hart Trophy winner Corey Perry and centre Ryan Getzlaf are all now available to the highest bidder.
And it’s Getzlaf, you have to believe, that would be a target for Maple Leafs’ GM Brian Burke.
The Red Wings have wiggle room to be major players at the trade deadline (Feb. 28) — be it another forward with size or scoring ability (Carolina’s Tuomo Ruutu or Edmonton’s Ales Hemsky ), a defenseman (Carolina’s Bryan Allen ) or backup goaltender (New York Islanders Evgeni Nabokov ).
Columbus’s main problem is goaltending and a few other things. Do you think the Oilers would swap Ales Hemsky, Nikolai Khabibulin and say Jeff Petry to the Blue Jackets to get the possible No. 1 overall pick because Scott Howson and Scott Arniel have to save their jobs?
Around the league …
Anyone interested in a Nash?
Word out of Columbus has it the Blue Jackets are maybe ready to blow things up and start over. That could mean premier forwards such as Rick Nash and Jeff Carter could be on the move, and plenty of teams would be interested. The Avs not having a first-round pick in next year’s draft could hurt if that’s the kind of thing Columbus will want. Rick Nash in an Avs uniform would certainly be attractive, and this team has shown the ability to pull off blockbusters before, plus they have the cap room.
If the Avalanche is in the playoff hunt when the deadline presents itself (Feb. 27), then I think there’s an excellent chance the Avs will be buyers. They’ve got the cap room to do something like pick up a name guy, even if as only a rental.
When Eric Staal steps onto the ice against the Maple Leafs at the RBC Center on Thursday, hordes of television viewers back in Canada will dream of what the gifted centre would look like in blue and white.
They aren’t alone.
When rumblings out of Toronto prior to Christmas suggested a Staal-to-the-Leafs trade was in the works, the Carolina captain was besieged with inquires from friends and family from north of the border.
They called. They e-mailed. They texted.
All wanted to know the same thing.
Were the reports true? Was he, in fact, the big centre the Leafs have so badly thirsted for ever since Mats Sundin left town?